My long weekend started on Wednesday, which meant after a bit of stress, I spent the better part of the last six days at home, taking it easy.
Months ago, after visiting many different doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors, Chinese medicine doctors, acupuncturists, and specialists, we decided to try nasal surgery for Liam. He’s suffered constant colds and runny noses since he was just a year old and I worked hard to find the cause and how to prevent it. Surgery was not my favourite option, but I’d exhausted all other efforts and decided to go for it. His surgery date was set for September 1, so I had taken the day before off for us to have a fun day together.
I’d be lying if I said it was exactly the day I had hoped for. We enjoyed about an hour at the Discovery Wildlife Park before an epic meltdown ensued and I had to drag Liam kicking and screaming to the car. I’m not sure if it was the upcoming surgery that had him acting out or what, but it was a trying afternoon at home. I was thankful for bedtime when I cracked open the last two beer in the fridge and watched the lightning from what I assume to be the last summer storm.
Luckily we had an early surgery time and I was up and ready before my alarm. As soon as Liam was up, we headed straight out the door and over to the hospital. Leading up to the morning, I was extremely anxious and nervous but everything turned out to be great. He was in great hands at the hospital and I’m lucky to have a friend who works in a different unit of the OR to visit and update me when he was finished. We were home before lunch, where Liam slept on and off until about 4pm. I didn’t do a single thing other than reading my book while he slept. Once he was up, we watched a movie and called some family before he went back to bed again.
Friday was a gloomy day. Liam was back to his spunky self, but we kept things low key so he could try to get some extra rest. We watched several movies, worked out together and did some baking and not much else was accomplished.
On Saturday we made our usual market trip before heading to my parent’s place. With Liam starting swimming lessons next Saturday, we may not make it back to the market before it’s done for the season which makes me incredibly sad. Our city definitely needs a year-round market!
As we left the market, I called my mom (via Bluetooth) to let her know we’d be on our way after stopping for gas and coffee. I was about to turn a corner when one car blew through the red light, sending the other car toward us. It was such a terrifying moment. I hung up on my mom and immediately called 911, waiting until emergency personnel arrived. I was so shaken up from it all but definitely grateful that I hadn’t turned just a second sooner or we would have been caught in the whole mess. I hope I never have to experience that (or worse) again in my lifetime.
Once at my parents, we spent most of the afternoon outside, exploring and catching frogs. At one point I caught Liam trying to sneak into the house, frog in hands. He is definitely that kid who wants to keep every creature he finds.
Sunday morning my dad and I took Liam to a nearby petting zoo. The usual suspects were there, bunnies, horses, cows, goats, llamas and alpacas, but there was also a zony (zebra/pony cross) and a kangaroo. I admit it was kind of cool to be able to pet a kangaroo, but I couldn’t help but feel sad for it locked in a pen with a little goat for company. Hardly seems like the life for a poor kangaroo. Liam got a kick out of the zony until it tried to eat his coat, and then it was time to leave. After lunch, we braved the cold afternoon for ice cream, as requested by a certain almost-four-year-old before heading back to the city. I continued with my reorganization spree and cleaned out my closet, culling a big Rubbermaid tote and two grocery bags worth of old clothes to sell and donate. As more and more of the condo gets cleaned out, my desire to have the place painted grows. I even had a vision of painting my kitchen table, chairs, and stools white. I just need someone to come do all the work for me. Any takers?
Apparently the dreary, fall-like weather had killed any desire to leave the house, so we spent Monday laying low at home again. While I had wanted to run a few errands and take Liam to buy much needed new shoes, we spent the day at home, painting, playing Playdoh, watching a movie and hanging out in his castle. I spent most of the day finishing my book in anticipating of seeing the movie once Liam went to his dads.
I did a bit of meal prep for the week to use up some of the vegetables remaining from my last vegetable share pickup. Something about the fall weather definitely has me more inclined to spend time in the kitchen. I have a few delicious recipes I can’t wait to try out, including butternut squash mac and cheese and all the soups. Once Liam’s dad picked him up, I did a quick house clean and workout before calling it a night.
While it definitely wasn’t an adventurous long weekend, it felt good to enjoy the quiet time, do some reading and baking and take it easy.
What did you get up to for the long weekend?